Mostashari Talks 'Human Toll' Of Broken Health System

Tom Sullivan | Government Health IT | March 7, 2013

During the Thursday morning keynote at HIMSS13, the national coordinator for health IT, Farzad Mostashari, MD focused on the nation's broken healthcare system, while delving into a range of topics.

“The system is failing everyone in healthcare and everyone we love,” Mostashari said. “We don’t know whose life we’re taking when we only control blood pressure in half the population.”

Another example he pointed to is a recent study in Cleveland that found only 7 percent of diabetic patients were receiving the standard of care.

“The problem we have today is not too much standardization in healthcare,” Mostashari said to applause.